"The owner of Roggie's bar in Brighton has pleaded guilty to interfering with a police investigation of a near-fatal accident at the Chestnut Hill Avenue bar in May 2014.
John Rogaris, 45, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of withholding evidence... witness intimidation...two counts of misleading an investigator...
...on May 23, 2014, a 20-year-old man fell down a flight of stairs inside Roggie's bar. Rather than call for help, Rogaris told employees to take the man outside and leave him in a parking lot, where a passerby found him and called 911, prosecutors said. The man was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with life-threatening head injuries, but he survived the fall.
When police attempted to get a surveillance tape of the incident from inside and outside the bar, Rogaris on two occasions said that there was no video, according to prosecutors. Officers ultimately executed a search warrant to get the tapes and saw the body being moved, prosecutors said.
Rogaris also contacted a witness during the investigation and offered to "take care" of his family financially if he takes the blame for the incident, prosecutors said.
Rogaris was sentenced to two years in the House of Correction, which will be suspended for two years... 200 hours of community service. Prosecutors had recommended two to three years in state prison followed by five years probation.
"This young man could have died but for the actions of passersby, and this defendant's first impulse was to cover up and protect himself," Conley said in a statement. "It was, in a word, despicable. Investigative steps that could have taken hours were dragged out over days and weeks." - boston globe, december 2015